BC Report: Intractable Practical Questions

BC has changed governments, but the main problems and the environmental concerns that previous governments generated remain unchanged. Over the past seven months the NDP/Green coalition has moved to address concerns with the grizzly trophy hunt, and they have begun discussions towards a re-assessment of the “professional reliance” model. The larger questions, which are tied to the economic model and the future of the province’s energy needs regarding Site C and the Kinder Morgan pipeline, continue to be unresolved. They are part of a larger emerging global problem associated with climate change, and the growing concern with the impact of fossil fuels on the sustainability of the biosphere.

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An ‘Estuary Angel’ shines at Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum Info Night

Over 120 people attended Project Watershed’s recent “Unpave Paradise” event at North Island College to learn about the exciting partnership that is underway to restore the old Field Sawmill site on the Courtenay River to natural habitat. The November 30th information night showcased a range of speakers on the site’s past and plans for future, and highlighted the project’s many benefits and historic significance to the Comox Valley.

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2017 Community Action Award presented to Project Watershed

The 2017 Community Action Award was presented to Project Watershed at the Comox Valley Council of Canadians AGM.
This award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has demonstrated progressive action in our community and promotes the values endorsed by the Council of Canadians. Recent recipients include Janet Fairbanks and Wayne Bradley, Walking with Our Sisters K’omoks, and activist Gwyn Frayne, posthumously.

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Dear Former Readers of Shades of Green

If you have been wondering what happened to Shades of Green, my efforts to raise awareness about our environmental challenges have just taken a different form. During the last year and a half, I have been editing, enlarging, updating and footnoting a selection of the more durable Shades of Green pieces that I wrote over the many previous years. These have been compiled and published in a three-volume book-set called The EcoTrilogy, comprised of Ecologos, Ecopathy and Ecocide.

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Site C decision

Today I am struck by the magnitude of the decision that the BC cabinet must make about the future of the proposed Site C dam. Not just all the pressing issues around site C that so many heroic people have been studying and warning us about, some of them for decades. By now we can all repeat many of the most urgent ones.

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Boil Water Notice in effect for Comox Valley water system

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), in conjunction with Island Health, has issued a boil water notice effective immediately.

Due to intense rainfall in the Comox Lake watershed, turbidity levels have risen in both Comox Lake and Puntledge River. A boil water notice is necessary during these conditions because high turbidity can interfere with the chlorination process used to disinfect the drinking water for the 45,000 residents served by the Comox Valley water system.

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